Antique 1910s Ivory Tulle Dress with Ballet Russe Style Knotted Tunic


This enchanting Edwardian/Belle Epoque era antique bridal dress and matching tunic are in remarkable antique vintage condition and have been lovingly hand embroidered and knotted in extraordinary detail. The style reminds me of a Ballet Russe costume as there is a strong eastern and folk influence in the design. The simple empire line tunic dress falls to the ankle and is lined with a soft cotton slip. The overlay fabric is an incredibly fine cotton/silk tulle net embellished with intricate embroidery. Finely woven chord has been painstakingly sewn into tiny clusters to create intricate floral motifs in geometric peaks rising from the hemline. A dainty button stand at the centre reverse of the tunic runs from the neck to the hip and hosts a row of exquisite fabric covered buttons each 0.5cms across. The round neckline is trimmed with a thin lace trim and fastens with a single button above the centre of the bust. The smocked tunic is comprised of transparent fine tulle net in its entirety and embellished with the same embroidered design along the hem and bust line. There is a neat collar with a central button stand that runs to the mid bust with another pretty row of fabric buttons. The embroidered cuffs are drawn in to create romantic bishop-style sleeves. This magical bridal set has no notable flaws and would best suit US size 2-4, UK size 6-8 as the dress is small; however the tunic, which can be worn separately will fit up to US size 8. For the serious collector, this piece is worthy of a museum and would make an outstanding wedding dress ensemble.

Tunic Measurements:
Length - 25.5" (64.5cms)
Bust - 40" (101.5cms)
Waist - 46" (116.5cms)

Dress Measurements:
Bust - 34"/ 87cm
Length - 45"/ 114cm
Waist - 25"/ 64.5cm
Hip - 34"/ 87cm

Pickup available at CIRCA VINTAGE

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Will you set anything aside for me before I come?

We are happy to find anything you may be interested in from our website - please let us know a week in advance. 

We also have an extensive offline collection. If you let us know your size, style, favourite colour to wear and perhaps your budget, we can browse through our archive in advance of your appointment. 

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Clients may wish to bring modern shapewear when trying on garments from certain eras, especially the 1950s. Vintage clothing was often worn with undergarments that shaped the waist and as such is tailored for them.

We have a huge variety of slip dresses and petticoats to complete your look; many of which are also for sale.

You may also wish to bring your favourite footwear. We often find a classic pair of nude shoes work well when trying on, or a pair in gold or silver.

Do you have a price range?

Many of our lower-priced pieces (under £150) are not available to buy online. Our prices range from £80 - £600 for separates. Dresses start at around £150 and go up to £2,500 for the very best antique pieces and designer vintage. Our bridalwear ranges from £300 - £3,000.

Can I bring anyone with me?

Yes but please do let us know the size of your party in advance.

Where can I get alterations?

We offer some alterations in house. Should you need alterations we cannot provide, we can refer you to one of our tried and trusted tailors.

Do you have an after-care service?

We will advise you on the best way to clean and preserve your vintage pieces and can also recommend trusted local dry cleaners.

Can I cancel my appointment?

You are free to cancel but please do give us as much notice as possible. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your appointment, you will be invoiced a late cancellation fee of £25.

Where's the showroom?

Our address is Circa Vintage, 87A Lansdowne Way London SW8 2PB

Upon arrival, buzz the 87A button on the gate or call us 020 7736 5038 to let you in.

Do you have parking?

We offer free, secure, off-street parking but it is a tight squeeze – so do let us know in advance if you will be needing this and we can make sure that there is space available.

How do I get there by public transport?


Stockwell (7 min walk) - Northern and Victoria Lines

Nine Elms (9 min walk) – Northern Line


Wandsworth Road (13 min walk) – Westbound to Clapham Junction / Eastbound to Dalston Junction

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